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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (7,527 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Atul Gawande Narrator: John Bedford Lloyd Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The struggle to perform well is universal: each one of us faces fatigue, limited resources, and imperfect abilities in whatever we do. But nowhere is this drive to do better more important than in medicine, where lives are on the line with every decision. In his new audiobook, Atul Gawande explores how doctors strive to close the gap between best intentions and best performance in the face of obstacles that sometimes seem insurmountable.

Gawande's gripping stories of diligence, ingenuity, and what it means to do right by people take us to battlefield surgical tents in Iraq, to labor and delivery rooms in Boston, to a polio outbreak in India, and to malpractice courtrooms around the country. He discusses the ethical dilemmas of doctors' participation in lethal injections, examines the influence of money on modern medicine, and recounts the astoundingly contentious history of hand washing.

And as in all his writing, Gawande gives us an inside look at his own life as a practicing surgeon, offering a searingly honest firsthand account of work in a field where mistakes are both unavoidable and unthinkable. At once unflinching and compassionate, Better is an exhilarating journey narrated by arguably the best nonfiction doctor-writer around. Gawande's investigation into medical professionals and how they progress from merely good to great provides rare insight into the elements of success, illuminating every area of human endeavor.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by AGC | 2/13/2014

    " It's very humbling to know that even the best of the best need to continue to improve their skills and mindset to meet the ever-changing society that we live in. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Erica | 1/8/2014

    " eye-opening. gawande writes about a lot of gray areas in medicine that i hadn't thought about before. i appreciate how he's upfront about his own beliefs but acknowledges that there're alternative views. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Anca Segall | 1/5/2014

    " I really enjoyed these essays. Also, I recommend the one on hand-washing to every Microbiology class I teach. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Bobby | 1/4/2014

    " Another excellent book by Atul Gawande. I can't think of any other medical writer who comes even close to him when it comes to both recognizing and articulating the challenges faced by the profession of medicine. One of the biggest strengths of Dr Gawande's writing is that although he often gives data/evidence and mentions relevant studies/experts, he is also quick to point out the limitations of such data when it comes to the inherent uncertainty of medical decision making. Like his other works, this should be required reading for all medical students, residents, and even fully trained physicians. "

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